Short Story Reads: September 1-7, 2012

“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publication: Shadow Show: All-new Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
Publication type: Anthology, Multiple Authors
Favorite lines: “I learned your books. Burned them into my mind. In case the firemen come to town” (Gaiman 15).
Thoughts: An immense treat for anyone who has read Bradbury, and still a lovely, moving story for anyone who hasn’t. The sadness at losing Bradbury, and the joy of having read him, all condensed into a shortish short story. I want to keep this one on my shelves forever. 

“Renovation”

Author: Amanda Curtin

Publication: Inherited
Publication type: Short story collection, single author
Favorite lines: “In making this house mine, I will probably destroy more than I know” (Curtin 77).
Thoughts:So many characters, time periods, lives in the space of a short story, but somehow I feel like I know them all. 

“Magic Palm (for Mei)”

Author: Kevin Brown
Publication: Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, 2010
Publication type: Flash fiction collection, multiple authors, eds. Forman, Morris & Stohlman
Thoughts:Time used so well here. And a cycle that is expected, but doesn’t feel trite. 

“Candlelight”

Author: Christy Strick
Publication: Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, 2010
Publication type: Flash fiction collection, multiple authors, eds. Forman, Morris & Stohlman
Thoughts: A one-sentence short story with a beautiful voice, smells and bright echoes of people. 

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